Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Hugh O'Brian, Rod Serling, and Lloyd Bridges. O'Brian and Bridges appeared in the Serling-penned episode "Exit From a Plane in Flight".
Also known asUniversal Star Time
Theatre of the Stars
Presented byBob Hope
ComposersJohnny Williams
Bernard Herrmann
Benny Carter
Cyril Mockridge
Dizzy Gillespie
Quincy Jones
Les Brown
Johnny Mandel
Lalo Schifrin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes107
Executive producerRoy Huggins
ProducersRichard Berg
Jack Laird
Richard Lewis
Frank P. Rosenberg
James Tugend (assistant)
Running time48 mins.
Production companiesHovue Productions, in association with Universal Television
Original release
ReleaseOctober 4, 1963 (1963-10-04) –
May 17, 1967 (1967-05-17)

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre is an American anthology series, sponsored by Chrysler Corporation, which ran on NBC from 1963 through 1967. The show was hosted by Bob Hope, but it had a variety of formats, including musical, dramatic, and comedy.


The program included such events as an adaptation of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, starring Jason Robards (from the 1962 novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn); The Seven Little Foys, starring Mickey Rooney, Eddie Foy Jr. and the Osmond Brothers; Think Pretty, a musical starring Fred Astaire and Barrie Chase; and Groucho Marx in "Time for Elizabeth", a televised adaptation of a play that Marx and Norman Krasna wrote in 1948.

Generally, each episode ran for an hour, although for some 'special presentations', NBC expanded the broadcast time to 90 minutes.

Hope was paid US$25,000 ($241,859 in 2022 dollars [1]) per week for those episodes he merely introduced, and US$500,000 ($4,837,184 in 2022 dollars [1]) for those in which he starred. Hope's performances consisted of his typical joke- and celebrity-filled blackout sketches. These were usually called Chrysler Presents a Bob Hope Special. Every season, Hope traveled to Vietnam for Christmas, to entertain the troops.

Actors who appeared in episodes included Phyllis Avery, John Cassavetes, Broderick Crawford, Angie Dickinson, Peter Falk, Sean Garrison, Sam Levene, Jack Lord, Carol Lynley, Ida Lupino, George Maharis, Darren McGavin, Dina Merrill, Hugh O'Brian, Suzanne Pleshette, Cliff Robertson, William Shatner, Robert Stack, Robert Wagner, Stuart Whitman, Shelley Winters, and Robert Young.

Notable directors included Sydney Pollack, Stuart Rosenberg, John Cassavetes, Sam Peckinpah, Ida Lupino, and Daniel Petrie.[citation needed]

Several episodes were rerun from 1968 through 1972 under several different titles: NBC Adventure Theatre (1971–1972), NBC Action Playhouse (1971–1972), NBC Comedy Playhouse (1968–1970) and NBC Comedy Theater (1971–1972). The Hope introductions were replaced by other hosts, such as Peter Marshall (who hosted "Action"), Art Fleming ("Adventure" in 1971), Ed McMahon ("Adventure" in 1972), Monty Hall ("Comedy Playhouse" in 1968) and Jack Kelly ("Comedy Playhouse" in 1970, and "Comedy Theater").

In syndication, the series was presented as Universal Star Time and Theatre of the Stars, minus Hope's opening and closing segments.

Several of the dramatic episodes of the series aired in Britain on BBC2 as Impact, which also included episodes of Kraft Suspense Theatre.


Further information: List of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre episodes

Awards and nominations

The show won a total of seven Primetime Emmy Awards and was nominated for six more.[citation needed] Among them were the following:

For her performance in the episode "Two is the Number" (1964), Shelley Winters won for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie.

Simone Signoret won for outstanding lead actress for her performance in "A Small Rebellion" (1966) which also starred Sam Levene as theatre owner Noel Greb and George Maharis as playwright Michael Kolinos.[2]

Cliff Robertson won for outstanding lead actor for his performance in "The Game" (1966).

Rod Steiger won for outstanding lead actor for his performance in "A Slow Fade to Black" (1964).

Sydney Pollack was nominated for directing "Something About Lee Wiley" (1963),[citation needed] and won for directing "The Game" (1966).

Rod Serling won for writing the episode, "It's Mental Work" (1964).

Additionally, the show was nominated twice for the Directors Guild of America Award and twice for the Edgar Allan Poe Award.


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